Antonín Dvořák’s Armida at the National Theatre – a “fairy tale for adults“, burning with passion while also raising questions of faith
Antonín Dvořák’s final work, the opera Armida, treating timeless themes, is returning to the National Theatre in Prague after three decades. Featuring stellar Czech and Slovak singers, the new production will premiere on 19 May within the Prague Spring festival. Directed by Jiří Heřman, it will be conducted by Robert Jindra.
The monumental Gurre-Lieder returning to the State Opera after 102 years
Arnold Schönberg’s Late-Romantic cantata Gurre-Lieder, based on a 14th-century Danish legend, will again be heard at the State Opera in Prague, which hosted its Czech premiere 102 years ago. A colossal apparatus of almost 250 singers and instrumentalists, including the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, will appear under the conductor Petr Popelka. Part of the Musica non grata project, the programme will contribute to the celebrations marking the centenary of Czech Radio.
La Syphide – premiere of a new Czech National Ballet production
The ballet La Sylphide tells the story of James, a young Scotsman whose mind is riven. Possessing a restless soul, although he adores his tender bride-to-be, he longs for a different world. James is duly approached by a sylph, an ungraspable symbol of his desires. Yet a sylph cannot be caught…
Musica non grata to launch the Women in Music cycle
Female composers with a connection to the Czech artistic milieu, who created against the backdrop of a new social and political order arising in Europe in the first half of the 20th century, are the focus of the Women in Music cycle, which is part of the Musica non grata project. The programme will include works by Julie Reisserová, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Sláva Vorlová, Elizabeth Maconchy, Dora Pejačević and Lena Stein-Schneider. Some of the compositions will return to a concert stage after decades and receive their modern-day premieres.
The mesmerising Cinderella story to return to the National Theatre
After nine years, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cendrillon (Cinderella) is returning to the National Theatre in Prague. The renowned French choreographer created the adaptation of the Cinderella tale in 1999 for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, whose Director he has been for three decades.
Alexander Zemlinsky’s comic opera Kleider machen Leute to return to the State Opera after 101 years
The captivating opera, straddling comedy and allegoric fairy tale, has been undertaken by the renowned Dutch stage director Jetske Mijnssen, while the esteemed Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė has explored and prepared the music. Both artists are working with the National Theatre Opera and State Opera for the very first time. The production is part of the Musica non grata cycle, which since 2020 has revived the music by composers of the first half of the 20th century persecuted by the Nazis. By bringing Zemlinsky’s opera back to the stage, the project, pursued with generous support from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Czech Republic, has entered its final phase.